At least I know I’m free

Thanks for helping me get my @RobertEGalt twitter account reinstated.

Open thread.

126 replies
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    Maude says:

    Oh, good I’ll follow it.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Woohoo, you can get back to trolling in 140 characters or less.

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    Baud says:


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    Ted & Hellen says:


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    Doug Galt says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    When you’re brief, you’re good!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I see Scottie Walker thinks splitting up WI’s electoral votes is a swell idea. Don’t Dems control the state senate in Madison now?

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    Shadows mom says:

    Following, lets roll

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    BGinCHI says:

    Reading the first Jack Reacher novel (Killing Floor). Pretty solid action.

    I’m surprised they made the movie with Tom Cruise, as he has nothing in common with Reacher physically.

    They should have called it “Jack Reacharound.”

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    Baud says:


    I had the same reaction to Cruise in that role.

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    PeakVT says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Nope. 18-15 Repukes according to Ballotpedia.

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    NotMax says:

    Sometimes these posts do come across as if direct from the stereotypical ‘online in the parents’ basement’ keyboard battalion.

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    Johannes says:

    Following, under my real name. My reputation is about to tank….
    (BTW, I can only comment here now if I remove the url for my blog. Something I said, or FYWP at its finest?)

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    Valdivia says:

    yay open thread!

    I have a question for my fellow cat/pet parents. I have 2 15 year old male tabbies. Last week I adopted a 9 month old male tabbie. I have kept him away all this week while allowing them to smell each other through the door as well as bringing in a blanket the older cats sleep in. Was thinking of introducing them tomorrow. Any tips you old hands may have for me? I was thinking of doing the vanilla scent trick but I would really appreciate any other suggestions. I want this new kitty to be well accepted since he is a sweetie and already adored by the humans in the house.

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    patrick II says:


    A younger Liam Neesn would have worked. He’s done “Taken” though, which is about the same sort of thing. Chris Hemsworth works physically, but I am not sure he has the gravitas. I just can’t think of any very big, blonde guys who can carry the role.

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    Maude says:

    I want someone to see this travesty of a movie and tell about it here in comments. What a bad choice for Reacher. One of Reacher’s hands is larger that Cruise. Can’t understand Lee Child going along with this.

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    GregB says:


    Where is that?

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    Baud says:


    Can’t understand Lee Child going along with this

    He’s written like 16 Reacher books and this is his first movie. They could have put Betty White in that role and he would have gone along with it.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @Maude: Donald Hamilton did the same thing and went along with Dean Martin as Matt Helm (big, tough Swedish-American) way back when. Either the authors have no control or they want the money and don’t care how it’s filmed. Seems strange to me.

    Cruise wanted to do the flicks. I agree, terrible choice to play Reacher.

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    Chris says:

    At least I know I’m free

    Fucking redneck national anthem.

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    Joel says:

    Lee Greenwood, eh?

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @patrick II: Mark Valley, maybe? He’s not really “big,” but compared to Tom Cruise . . .

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    Chris says:


    I read my first one recently too (“Nothing To Lose”). Regular dime novel stuff (which is not a bad thing to me), but enjoyed the way it ragged on the evangelist/small town feudal lord villain and the entire belief system that goes with it. With the “ex-military/lone cowboy” profile, I expected something from the other side of the aisle, if anything. Serves me right for profiling.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    My friend, novelist,former screenwriter and all around awesome babe Alexandra Sokoloff puts it this way:

    The height thing aside (and height in Hollywood is relative), there’s a whole hell of a lot more to playing a role like Reacher than acting. We are talking about a mega-million dollar movie that is supposed to turn into a multi-billion dollar franchise. You don’t just need an actor for Reacher, you need a movie star. You need more than a star – you need someone who can carry the movie. And not just carry the movie, but carry the franchise…

    Carrying this movie is going to be ten million times more important than size. I can think of a couple of actors, good actors, who seem to me physically perfect for Reacher, who in fact work just fine as Reacher in those random Reacher fantasies, you know the ones I mean – but who I wouldn’t want to gamble on being able to carry this film.

    Tom Cruise has been carrying movies consistently since he was 21 years old. Ironically, what all these size-obsessed complainers don’t seem to realize is that Tom Cruise is one of the only actors on the planet BIG enough to carry a franchise that big.

    And as for why Lee Child would let this happen, well…while we’re not close, I know Lee Child. I’ve had dinner with him several times, drinks more times than I can count, and one of my best friends married his younger brother. Lee loves writing, he loves telling stories, he loves being the larger than life figure that is “Lee Child” (not his real name BTW, even if it is what everyone calls him), but he also likes making a shit-ton of money, as who wouldn’t? He got into the writing game after getting fired from his job at (IIRC) Thames television in England over a union dispute (yes, he’s a Brit), decided that he was going to make a living writing thriller novels, and very rationally looked at the type of thing he thought would sell. And sell it did. I have no idea whether he “agreed” for Cruise to play Reacher, but that’s very rarely, in fact almost never, up to the novelist anyway. I do know he got a damn nice sum of money for it, and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. Unless, of course, it happens to me.

    Does this mean he’s a hack? I’d say not…he’s thought longer and more deeply about why people like some kinds of stories and what deep seated psychological needs people have for those than anyone I’ve met. He’s really a fascinaiting guy to listen to.

    EDIT: Oh, and he’s also incredibly generous, in a lot of ways.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: No, that short lived “majority” was lost in the November elections. It was never in effect when the leg was actually in session.

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    Books are books and movies are movies. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for the other, though it’s nice when it does.
    Apparently what works for movies is Tom Cruise.

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    mainmati says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Also looks like the Chairman of the relevant VA committee (forget his name) and the Guv are not particularly happy about the arsewipe that came up with the electoral vote by voting constituency idea.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    The Gophers are 25-0. They set the NCAA women’s hockey record for unbeaten streak at 33 games. Tomorrow Noora looks to tie Hillary Pattenden’s record for career wins.

    Stupid Wisconsin athletic department and their Friday/Sunday series.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Shirley Temple’s twitter turned out to be a hoax, as I suspected when I read the tweets, so now I can go back to paying no attention to Twitter.

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    NotMax says:

    re: Cruise.

    Could have been miscast further; could have been Peter Dinklage.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Ted Cruz, who if he ever served in the military is keeping it a secret from the Wikipedia, think John Kerry and Chuck Hagel lack respect for the armed services. He does, in the name of fair and balanced-ness, concede that they are not actually anti-American

    “Okay, we’ve got two pending nominations, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel,” he said in responding to a question at the National Review Institute summit in Washington. “Both of whom are very prominently — ”
    Cruz took a pregnant pause. “Anti-us?” said a moderator.
    “Less than ardent fans of the U.S. military,” he continued.

    I wanna know who that National review moderator is, K-Lo? Das Pantload?

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    Maude says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:
    If I went to see the movie, I’d keep waiting for for Cruise to wiggle his legs in the air,wearing his Jockeys.
    Cruise doesn’t mean box office win.
    It stinks and that’s all there is to it. The package deal that went into putting movie together was way off the mark.
    Cruise is always Cruise. He hes has had parts that play into that.
    This doesn’t do Lee Child any good. His brand will be damaged by the movie. You know how it is, Oh, I hated that movie I’m not reading any of those books.
    Scientology has also cut down on the number of Cruise fans.

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    Chris says:


    Haven’t read the Parker books at all. Probably won’t see the movie in theaters and wait until it’s out in theaters, but if it’s good, I may try the books.

    The next mass-market-paperback action franchise I’ve been meaning to give a shot is Mack Bolan – anyone ever read those? Given how many of them there are, how long it’s been around and the subject matter, I’m kind of surprised no one in Hollywood’s tried adapting these.

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    yutsano says:

    Lee Greenwood? REALLY??

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @efgoldman: Just curious as to which conservative solon went straight to “anti-us” (I’m assuming that’s “U.S.”, and not the first person plural pronoun– ETA: I guess it could be “anti us conservatives”) when discussing John Kerry and Chuck Hagel.

    @Gravenstone: That’s what I was thinking of. Come on, Wisconsin!

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    NotMax says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist

    Apparently what works for movies is Tom Cruise.

    Follow the money.

    My interpretation of the casting: Apparently what works for easing the getting of major financing for movies is Tom Cruise.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    Frankly, I’m not a Cruise fan either (Collateral notwithstanding). And I’m waiting for the movie to come out on Netflix (sorry, Lee, if you’re reading this).

    But as far as the brand goes…there are a lot of die hard Lee Child fans (aka Reacher Creatures). Every year at the mystery convention Bouchercon, Lee throws them a huge invitation only party, complete with open bar. They fucking adore the guy, including ones who hate the movie but still love Lee and his books. The only people I know that are more into fan service are country singers.

    I think the brand is safe.

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    Baud says:


    Reacher (to victim): Help me help you.

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    22over7 says:


    Two fifteen-year-old toms? Yikes.

    I’ve never been very good at introducing new kitties, though I’ve been lucky, well, for the most part. Do not let little one out of your sight, do it gradually, give Statler and Waldorf plenty of positive reinforcement, and watch the cat box like a hawk. Sometimes the territoriality manifests itself there, and your new little one may be bullied out of potty time.

    Crossing my fingers that you’ll have good news to report (with pics!) very shortly.

    They could have put Betty White in that role…

    I would so see that.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    I think Cruise is actually the one who bought the rights, i.e., at least some of the financing was actually done by him.

    Edit: I admit to being surprised when I found out later he was going to be the one to play Reacher.

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    handsmile says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I’m sorry about that hoax, but “paying no attention to Twitter” is a supremely sensible idea for maintaining one’s intellectual and emotional health.

    But I wanted to alert you (and others here interested in the gun safety debate) that Stephen King has just published a 25-page essay, “Guns,” now available for $0.99 at Amazon’s Kindle. (A Luddite myself with no Kindle or similar device I’ll have to find some other way of reading it.)

    The Guardian describes it as a “passionate, angry essay pleading for reform…aim[ing] the expletive-peppered polemic at fellow gun owners.” One excerpt gives some flavor of King’s rhetoric:

    “Plenty of gun advocates cling to their semi-automatics the way Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson clung to the shit that was killing them.”

    King may be one of America’s best-selling authors, but it’s unlikely that he will be appear on Dancin’ Dave’s Disco with that kind of shrillness.

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    MikeJ says:

    I had very low expectations for the new Parker movie, and after reading Ebert’s review I guessed right. He doesn’t say it’s awful, just not very good. Which is disappointing to a caper fan.

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    NotMax says:

    @J.D. Rhoades

    If so, makes perfect sense.

    When holding four aces, it usually behooves the player to go all in.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    But I wanted to alert you (and others here interested in the gun safety debate) that Stephen King has just published a 25-page essay, “Guns,” now available for $0.99 at Amazon’s Kindle.

    Ooh! Got to get this. When King goes into full throated rant mode, he is definitely not to be missed.

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    General Stuck says:

    I heard today the anti christ speak to me on wingnut radio. With the gift of silver tongue bullshit, that stops just short of Glenn Beck, with an unholy knack for meshing the cold insanity into the right wing wurlitzer, with just a hint of meager yet emoticon triangulation with the common idiot man.

    He is batshit crazity, fer sure fer sure, but with a pin point delivery to all the nutter erroneous zones , a delivery only the devil his self could bring. And he is the freshman senator from Texas, as would be expected, with one foot in each Republic. Bobby Jindal is a clown, though now a somewhat experience clown, but a clown all the same. I could almost smell the right wing hormone storm though my XM radio at the big wingnut pow wow today. His closet will need inspection, of course, and some tutoring from Franki ‘the rat’ Luntz. Not to mention all around seasoning on the ways of DC. I could be all wet, as the corner stone, or some other oracle from the Texas neutral zone would say, but the wingnuts will rally around this nasty piece of work. I predict, for 2016.

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    Ben Franklin says:

    Mary jo White; the cat who ate the canary.

    : Couldn’t they have found someone who wasn’t a key figure in one of the most notorious scandals to hit the SEC in the past two decades? And couldn’t they have found someone who isn’t a perfect symbol of the revolving-door culture under which regulators go soft on suspected Wall Street criminals, knowing they have million-dollar jobs waiting for them at hotshot defense firms as long as they play nice with the banks while still in office?

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    This is a team of rivals, after all.

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    Phylllis says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: I met him at a South Carolina Writer’s Conference 8-9 years ago, and found him to be such a delightful, down-to-earth fellow. He hung out with conference attendees, and was so approachable. And he basically said he started writing the Reacher novels as a way to make a living. Probably gave the most practical advice in regards to writing novels that sell.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    Yeah, that’s the great thing about Parker. Neither he nor the author (Richard Stark aka Donald E. Westlake) make any apologies or attempt any justification for what he is. He’s not trying to clear his name. He’s not trying to right some wrong. He’s a thief, pure and simple. Sure, the people he robs are usually douchebags, but that’s not because he’s some kind of Robin Hood and they have it coming. Parker robs douchebags because they’re the ones with the money (or jewels or whatever).

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    rikyrah says:

    you write the best post titles

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    Chris says:


    Ohhh, I like that.

    I’ve actually been looking (not very hard I admit) for decent modern day books like that. The Robin Hood “thief-you-can-like” character is timeless but pretty satisfying to read, especially now. The last one I came across was Arsene Lupin, the anti-Sherlock Holmes (he’s French and a thief instead of British and a detective), and those are really good, especially if you like the Conan Doyle type stuff. (Don’t know if it’s ever been translated, but I would assume at least a few of them were).

    ETA: also in that category, anyone know where I can find copies of the original Saint novels (the character they got a Roger Moore TV show out of)? That’s another one I think I’d thoroughly enjoy, but the original book was, like, over a hundred dollars on Amazon.

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    Raven says:

    @rikyrah: The posts ain’t too shabby neither!

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    JoyfulA says:

    @MikeJ: The books are good; from the reviews I’ve read, the movie is not.

    YMMV: I couldn’t get through the only Reacher I’ve tried.

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    patrick II says:


    If you are commenting on this blog I assume you have a computer of some sort. There are software versions of the Kindle reader for most operating systems. I was using one on my PC long before I got my Kindle for Christmas.. ((get the paperwhite if you ever consider getting one.).

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    Maude says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:
    Lee Child has to keep getting new readers.
    Some of the Reacher books were bad. All Reacher was doing was killing people, incredibly violent. He could have lost readers on those. He changed back to the original formula.
    There is no such thing as a safe brand with books or movies. It’s always unknown if a movie will do great box office or if a book will sell.
    Also, with a long series, readers tire of it and don’t buy the books.
    Other books come along and sell better.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    There are also some Stark books featuring Parker’s pal and sometime partner in crime Allan Grofield, who I always thought was really fascinating. He steals to finance his theater company, and he met his wife and frequent leading lady when he took her hostage during a heist.

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    Chris says:


    Yep, I read that afterwards and stand corrected. But lovable thieves don’t have to be have the “give to the poor” component – “steal from the rich” is usually enough.

    (Most of the time, Lupin’s more that way than like Robin Hood).

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    Also, with a long series, readers tire of it and don’t buy the books.

    I hear you. Doesn’t seem to be happening to Lee, though, movie or no movie.

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    Maude says:

    #44 You can download Kindle for PC and also Nook for PC and read ebooks that way.

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    gogol's wife says:


    Ooh, sounds interesting. But I’m like you — somebody’s going to have to print it out for me (if that’s possible).

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    gogol's wife says:


    I’ve never read a word he’s written, but he appeared as a guest host on TCM, so he’s okay in my book.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Raven: Did they have any Peels? I love the Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson drives a Peel P50, though the one I’d love to have is the Trident.

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    Baud says:


    If you have a smartphone or ipod you can also get a free Kindle or nook app for it.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @handsmile: Amazon has a free Kindle reading app for PCs. Download that and then you can download any Kindle story. I did it last year and it works pretty good.

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    MikeJ says:

    @JoyfulA: I love the Parker books. I *think* I finished the first Reacher novel, but I know I never started the second.

    I think I want to start a petition to get TCM to show Donald Westlake movies nonstop on his birthday. But only the good versions.

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    max says:

    @Valdivia: I have a question for my fellow cat/pet parents. I have 2 15 year old male tabbies. Last week I adopted a 9 month old male tabbie. I have kept him away all this week while allowing them to smell each other through the door as well as bringing in a blanket the older cats sleep in. Was thinking of introducing them tomorrow. Any tips you old hands may have for me?

    Assuming the elderly tabbies are fixed, and hoping that the kitten is fixed as well, I’d say through him in there and wait out any hissing and scratching. Generally I’ve found that older cats accept kittens, grudgingly, but will not adapt to new older cats at all, so the best thing to do is to hurry.

    If there’s any tricks for calming them down other than ignoring them, or smacking both annoyed cats when they fight, I don’t know what it is.

    He’s written like 16 Reacher books and this is his first movie. They could have put Betty White in that role and he would have gone along with it.

    I have no idea what you guys are on about, and I don’t want to know either, but Betty White as the hero of an action flick sounds awesome.

    [‘I might bestir myself to go see that.’]

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    Maude says:

    #70 Get off my lawn.

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    Maude says:

    The main character has hands the size of hams. Betty would be putting hams in ovens. She is so wonderful.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @PurpleGirl: And I think Calibre works with both Nook and Kindle titles. Not sure, but since it’s what I use to break the encryption off my ebooks, it should.

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    Maude says:

    I read a couple of recent Stuart Woods books. Awful. They were like reading grocery lists. He has a least 21 books in the series.

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    Raven says:

    @BethanyAnne: I’ll be honest, I didn’t know diddly about these rides. Peel.

    And they are all for sale!

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    MikeJ says:

    @efgoldman: The Hot Rock is pretty good. Looking for Westlake, not just Parker.

    I suppose they could dig up an episode of Supertrain to please baby blue Beelzebub.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Raven: It’s so cute! I could totally see driving one of those around San Francisco. :)

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @BethanyAnne: Well, except that they prolly don’t have enough power for the hills, which means I’d get run over. Still, cute though

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    Valdivia says:


    sorry for the late reply, had to go give one of the older boys his sub-q meds. Thanks so so much for the encouragement. I will report for sure :)

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    Raven says:

    @BethanyAnne: There was some kind of mini in front of an Italian joint in North Beach with a Da Vinci painted on it. Sweet ride it was. I liked the cars in La Mission!

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    I think it was Karin Slaughter who once observed that for some reason, every woman who met Woods’ character Stone Barrington immediately wanted to give him a blowjob.

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    Gravenstone says:


    The next mass-market-paperback action franchise I’ve been meaning to give a shot is Mack Bolan – anyone ever read those?

    I was big into the Bolan series (The Executioner), and ultimately its direct spin offs(Able Team and Phoenix Force) when I was in HS. I doubt it ages well at all. If you’re interested in the same sort of origin story, yet more true to the cartoonish nature of the ultraviolence, I recommend the Punisher comic by Marvel.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:


    The first ones I bought (probably used) had cover prices of 50 or 75 cents


    Don’t get me started.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Raven: Actually, those Deathtraps of Cute belong in Berkeley. That’s the only place I’ve actually seen a Pulse on the road since 1985.

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    Valdivia says:


    thank you! yes they are all fixed and the new kittie comes from a rescue situation where he was around other cats so he is pretty socialized. I am going to just throw him in there tomorrow always monitoring and will use the vanilla scent trick which the rescue lady told me about. So far they have smelled each other through the door and in blankets and all has gone well. :)

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    Raven says:

    @efgoldman: Check it out, a whole row of em!

    That reminds me of when my old man found out his Dodge Colt was a Mitsubishi. Something about the manufacturers of the planes that tried to off him in the Pacific didn’t sit well.

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    Raven says:

    @BethanyAnne: My buddy that lives right on the Berkeley-Oakland line rides a Beemer. No frickin way I’d be doin that in that concrete jungle.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Valdivia: I found this thread useful.

    (Umm, how long and curly is your hair? And how do you feel about tuna?)

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    Raven says:

    And for all you root beer fans, Sog and Duds!

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Raven: I rode a BMW R12C Montana for 7 years in that area :)

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    Raven says:

    @Comrade Mary: You can tuna a piano but you can’t tuna fish!

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    Valdivia says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    pretty long and curly, but maybe not so crazy about having it in my hair! :)

    will read that. thanks!

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    Raven says:

    @BethanyAnne: Yea, he rides a frickin bicycle too. I felt threatened walking to the Berkeley Bowl and it was only 4 blocks!

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    Chris says:


    Yeah, I was told it was basically The Punisher without the superhero universe.

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    Ben Franklin says:

    Remember the good old days when you couldn’t buy your telephone, you had to rent/lease?

    They’re baaaaaack.

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    Loneoak says:

    Just in case you were wondering, Twitter says that RobertEGalt is similar to the Mars Phoenix Rover and Desperate Housewives.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Raven: The biggest danger there is the oblividiots in killer Volvos. They’re slow, but they won’t see you.

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    muddy says:

    @BGinCHI: Cruise shoved himself into the vampire Lestat too. Someone who was very tall and very blond. Maybe that’s how he sees himself in his mind’s eye?

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    Raven says:

    @BethanyAnne: I’ll stick to renting the occasional Harley in Wisconsin!

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    JPL says:

    @handsmile: I have a NOOK and Barnes and Noble doesn’t have it listed.. boo

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    Valdivia says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    ps the vanilla trick is pretty similar to the tuna, just make all the cats smell the same by rubbing vanilla on their whispers and tail. Also the new guy smell mostly like me now, since he spends all his time snuggling in my bed so hopefully that will help.

    Thanks again!

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    Maude says:

    Mars Phoenix Rover is dead, Jim.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Raven: That sounds like a pretty place to ride. Pete Egan lives there, I think? He writes about riding there. Most of the Bay is pretty easy to ride in – SF is probably the only exception. The pavement there is very very treacherous – trolly lines, bad repairs, steel plates and drizzle. It’ll kill you if you’re not paying attention.

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    Maude says:

    I hate to tell you what they sniff to get to know each other. You gonna put the vanilla there?

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    Rhubarb says:

    Westlake once observed that he wrote as Westlake on the sunny days and that Stark took over on the dark ones. Parker is a great noir character in a fine dark seies, but for a lighter–though not at all Robin Hoodish–take on crime, try Westlake’s John Dortmunder series. They are wonderfully funny and well done. I reread frequently and am only sorry that there will be no new ones.

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    Raven says:

    @BethanyAnne: Our friend lives in Appleton. We had a great time cruisin the back roads.

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    Valdivia says:


    biggest grin ever. I was told to use a q-tip :)
    /I know sounds ridic but I will try anything to make this work!

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    MikeJ says:


    I have a NOOK and Barnes and Noble doesn’t have it listed.. boo

    You can load the kindle reader on a Nook and buy books from either B&N or Amazon.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Wish I had gotten to this thead earlier, as I have read all the Reacher novels and am disgusted with the Tom Cruise-ification of the movie version.

    What is the point of buying a “property” to make a movie out of it and then throwing out everything except the name and a few plot points?! Okay, instead of “new generic Tom Cruise action movie” you have “Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher,” which I guess is supposed to bring in fans of the books, but once they’ve seen the awful movie—awful in the sense of not having much to do with the Reacher character or books—you’ve lost them, presumably, and what you’ve got left for a “franchise” is “series of generic Tom Cruise action movies with vaguely familiar name attached.”

    And, if Tom Cruise is so powerful that he can carry a franchise on his tiny, ripped shoulders all by himself, why not create one from scratch? Why do you need the starter material, especially if you’re going to largely ignore it?

    As for big stars who would make a more plausible Reacher, off the top of my head I come up with Viggo Mortensen. I think he’s about 6'0"—okay, IMDB says 5'11"—but he “plays” big on the screen, much more so than Cruise.

    This reminds me of Get Shorty, which was (from what I have read) about to get the Hollywooden treatment until John Travolta, to his credit, flexed his big-star muscle and made them put back in all the Elmore Leonard dialogue, etc., that made the book so good. And it turned out to be a good movie.

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    Shalimar says:

    @efgoldman: Before the reprints came out, the early Parker books were extremely rare and went for between $30 and $200+. They may still be worth that much or more, but at least you don’t have to pay it just to read them.

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    Steeplejack says:


    And Mel Gibson took a shot at the role in Brian Helgeland’s pretty awful Payback (1999).

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    NotMax says:


    ETA: also in that category, anyone know where I can find copies of the original Saint novels

    Tried the local library (including asking about inter-library loan)?

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    Steeplejack says:


    A Luddite myself with no Kindle or similar device I’ll have to find some other way of reading it.

    You can download a free Kindle (or Nook) reading app for your computer (or tablet or smart phone), set up a Kindle (or Nook) account and purchase/read e-books that way. No obligation to buy anything, but it’s there for those “must read” items.

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    gogol's wife says:


    “What is the point of buying a ‘property’ to make a movie out of it and then throwing out everything except the name and a few plot points?!”

    That’s how I felt about that “Anna Karenina” movie, although they didn’t buy it and I didn’t see it, but I saw enough clips to be horrified. Make up your own damn story!

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    Maude says:

    Oh, thank you. Let’s see if this movie makes money.
    If it flops it will effect books sales.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    That Anna Karenina looks like the Moulin Rouge-ification of Tolstoy.

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    gogol's wife says:



    My theory is that Tom Stoppard, as a Czech, wants to discredit Russian literature. But I’m probably overthinking it.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @MikeJ: I will sign your petition, even though I don’t have a TV.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @gogol’s wife: We can haz a sad together.

    I’m really bummed. I can honestly say she’s the first celebrity I idolized and probably the main reason I got into watching older movies.

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    gogol's wife says:


    I told my husband that the only good thing that came out of this is that I found out there was another Shirley fan on BJ! I idolized her when I was a child, then got disillusioned when she became a Republican politician (although she would have been considered a centrist Democrat these days), but I recently rediscovered her and was astounded at her musical talent. And like you, I got into 1930s movies in a new way thanks to her.

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    Nutella says:


    My Westlake story:

    Some years ago I worked in the Pentagon and he was at the bookstore inside security to promote one of his books. Another author who had written a book something like Chicken Soup for Christians was also there that day.

    I am very sorry to say that the Christian claptrap author was mobbed by fans and Donald E Westlake was all alone. I did go up and tell him how much I had enjoyed his last paperback.

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    Chris says:


    It doesn’t really amaze me, but continues to stagger me anyway, just how much shit you can sell just by putting the words “Jesus” or “Christian” in front of them. Politics, media, products, etc. Such is the power of the Tribe.

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    @J.D. Rhoades:

    I love Reacher books, but you couldn’t drag me to a Tom Cruise movie if you strapped me to a cart, hitched Chris Christie to the front and dangled a cheese two feet in front of his nose.

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    Chris says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Yep, and that’s how I felt about Bourne. Loved the books, hated the damn movies.

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    Chris says:


    Yep. Ix-nay on the Aint-Say. Thanks, though.

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    mclaren says:

    Your twitter account wasn’t banned, Doug. You were going Galt!

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    mclaren says:


    What is the point of buying a “property” to make a movie out of it and then throwing out everything except the name and a few plot points?!

    To cash in on the rep of the property you bought. Just wait till some Hollywood studio buys the rights to The meditations of Marcus Aurelius and makes a big bloody shoot-out chase film out of it, complete with exploding cars and shotgunned bad guys and a big climactic duel with pneumatic drills at the end.

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    mclaren says:

    Apropos of nothing in particular, if America were an animal, it would be this dog.

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    mclaren says:

    @General Stuck:

    I could be all wet, as the corner stone, or some other oracle from the Texas neutral zone would say, but the wingnuts will rally around this nasty piece of work. I predict, for 2016.

    By primary season in 2016, America will be in the middle of a crushing double-dip recession, populism will be making a roaring comeback, Hillary will be gearing up for a presidential run and Elizabeth Warren with Alan Grayson as her VP will be pushing old Hills much farther to the left.

    Reactionary Republican psychos from Texas won’t have a chance.

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